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Searching for Story; Need to Get "Unstuck"

Short Story Filter: I'm trying to track down a wonderful short story I read maybe 15 years ago. It focuses on a couple struggling with a dysfunctional marital and/or sexual relationship. The story is set somewhere in a snowy/icy climate, and the central conceit of the story is that the husband needs to free their car which is stuck in the snow. As the story unfolds, the author describes the back-and-forth rocking of the car as he slams it from "drive" into "reverse" and back again, and it becomes clear that the movement of the car is a powerful sexual metaphor. Finally the car rolls free and the dramatic release seems to provide hope for the relationship. Does this sound familiar to anybody? I thought the title of the story was "Unstuck," but Googling has led me nowhere.
posted by AngerBoy on Dec 11, 2007 - 5 answers

iPod + car charger = BZZZZZZ???

How can I listen to and recharge my iPod at the same time in my car without the audio quality sucking? [more inside]
posted by steveminutillo on Dec 5, 2007 - 18 answers

What's wrong with my car's clutch?

Standard-transmission-filter: the point of engagement of the clutch (in my mid-90s Acura Integra, if it matters) has suddenly moved, and I now have to push the clutch pedal almost to the floor in order to get the transmission to disengage. What's going on, and how much is it likely to cost to repair? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Dec 2, 2007 - 18 answers

eclipse or crossfire

07 mitsubishi eclipse gs or 06 chrysler crossfire limited? [more inside]
posted by kowboy on Nov 30, 2007 - 18 answers

car wrap

I am planning on graphically wrapping my car. I would like to create the wrapped image onto a jpg of my car with perspective in either photoshop or sketchup or any other graphics program. Anyone have any ideas on how to create this graphically, so I can see it before I print it
posted by aisleofview on Nov 29, 2007 - 5 answers

What should I expect in a used car given a budget of $4000-6000?

What should I expect in a used car given a budget of $4000-6000? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 on Nov 26, 2007 - 28 answers

buying a car from an individual with my bank in another state, protecting him and me

How do I be fair to myself and the guy whose car I'm buying, when the actual title transaction will be taking place mostly between banks in another state? Contract/time of delivery/protecting of interests question. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Nov 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Car purchase could be the death of me...

I just got a kick-butt new job, and I'm already in stressed-out, dejected pain -- over buying a stupid car to get to it. [more inside]
posted by liquado on Nov 20, 2007 - 26 answers

This isn't the kind og turkey I had in mind.

A guy driving his son's car backs into my wife's van, while my wife's dad is driving it. The guy admits fault, then changes his mind and his story. My in-laws never thought to file a police report or get contact information from the witness. Now we think that the vehicle that hit us may be uninsured. It all happened on private property. Help. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Nov 20, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me choose tires for my car

I think I should replace my car's tires. I'm bewildered by the vast amount of tires available and want some help narrowing it down. Also, I'm on a budget. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Nov 19, 2007 - 15 answers

I lost my car keys in the airport

Lost my car keys in an airport somewhere. What do I do now?! [more inside]
posted by pravit on Nov 18, 2007 - 18 answers

I want to semi-permanently decorate my car's exterior.

I've just bought a new car! It's a boring silver color- what can I do to jazz up the exterior without painting it? [more inside]
posted by hyperfascinated on Nov 18, 2007 - 12 answers

To preserve car warranty how do I handle maintenance?

To preserve car warranty how do I handle maintenance? [more inside]
posted by covert7 on Nov 15, 2007 - 6 answers

I wash my car at night

Where can I find a good car wash with extended hours in DC? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Nov 13, 2007 - 3 answers

Why is my car fuel tank not filling up properly?

Why is my car fuel tank not filling up properly? [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention on Nov 12, 2007 - 10 answers

Repair Car Before Selling?

I am looking to sell my 2003 Toyota Echo. It's in great condition except the rear bumper. I am wondering if I should have the bumper repaired before selling it. [more inside]
posted by mto on Nov 5, 2007 - 10 answers

How do I close my car loan after getting fired?

I just bought a new car before getting fired two days later, and now I'm having trouble securing the loan. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Oct 31, 2007 - 15 answers

Montreal-Vermont commutes: is AWD necessary?

Do I need an AWD car for regular trips from Montreal to Vermont? [more inside]
posted by googly on Oct 31, 2007 - 10 answers

Cheap Tires in Buffalo?

BuffaloFilter: Where should I go for discount tires? [more inside]
posted by smitt on Oct 28, 2007 - 4 answers

Driving vs. Buses in Costa Rica?

I am going to Costa Rica in November for one week. What are the advantages of renting a car vs. using public transportation? [more inside]
posted by zach4000 on Oct 28, 2007 - 10 answers

Yet another Used Car question

I’ve found a nice used 2004 Honda Accord EX that I’m interested in which is about 30 miles away in another town. The dealership is only asking $14,995 and both KBB and NADA both list the worth over $18,000. I did a carfax report for the car and it shows a one owner history with no accidents or anything. I also contacted the local Honda dealership (not the selling dealer) and asked them to pull warranty work done to this car via VIN. The only thing that was done was an Automatic transmission that was recalled and replaced under warranty. What am I missing? Why are they selling this car for what seems to me, much less than the worth of it? I have always assumed that car dealerships are there to screw you however they can. Any help would be appreciated
posted by tradeer33 on Oct 26, 2007 - 16 answers

Renting a 15 seater passenger van in Las Vegas

Renting a 15 seater passenger van in Las Vegas [more inside]
posted by A189Nut on Oct 26, 2007 - 9 answers

If an insurance adjustor gives an estimate twice what's expected, should I worry?

What happens if an insurance adjustor gives you an estimate that's twice as large as the original body shop estimate you got before the adjustor saw the damage? [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay on Oct 25, 2007 - 11 answers

NYC car battery replacement?

I have a 1995 Ford Thunderbird in NYC/upper Manhattan. I suspect my battery is dead. Where can I get it replaced? [more inside]
posted by ofthestrait on Oct 24, 2007 - 5 answers

Buy clear floor mats for new car?

I just bought a brand new car and wondered about buying clear floor mats. The car comes with floor mats that are rubber on one side and carpet on the other side and right now I have them turned to the rubber side because we have wet weather. I live in a drier area of the Pacific Northwest but do not want my carpet dirty when we do get snow and slush. If I buy clear mats, are the ones at the local car supply store good enough? some people cut their own from the clear runners you find at office supply stores but that sounds like a pain. Any advice? Thank you!
posted by seekingsimplicity on Oct 22, 2007 - 6 answers

Commuting with a friend's car, and my wallet.

I'm going to be temporarily using a friend's car to commute. The concern is that my friend only has minimum liability insurance. I think I'm a safe driver and all, but I'd prefer for any potential accidents or damage to involve only myself, my wallet, and my insurance - and for my friend to get off scot-free. What do I need to do? This is in CA. [more inside]
posted by Xere on Oct 22, 2007 - 4 answers

Could driving with a parking brake on wear out the normal brakes?

Could driving with the parking brake on rapidly wear out or destroy the brakes on a car? [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Oct 19, 2007 - 20 answers

Cash or carry?

I'm buying a new car, I have bad to mediocre credit (my score is 563) and I have an inheritance I could use to pay cash instead. Which is best for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2007 - 18 answers

What the clunk is wrong with my corolla?

[my old jalopy filter] What is my Corolla's clunking problem? [more inside]
posted by mr. remy on Oct 16, 2007 - 9 answers

What's this short film?

Help me find this short film about a fast moving car... [more inside]
posted by rocco on Oct 13, 2007 - 3 answers

How do i fix my car window?

How do I jerry-rig my rear window to keep it from falling down? [more inside]
posted by Kraki on Oct 12, 2007 - 11 answers

Stupid car radio thieves!!

Will broken car window glass give my car a flat tire? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Oct 12, 2007 - 9 answers

Which is best for the environment: driving or flying?

Is it better for the environment to drive or fly a long distance? [more inside]
posted by JPDD on Oct 12, 2007 - 16 answers

Car help sought for non car-minded person

Car help sought for non car-minded person: Before I head to a local repair shop can anyone suggest what possibly ails my car? [more inside]
posted by worker_bee on Oct 10, 2007 - 12 answers

SF To Tahoe: ideal used auto?

Need to get from SF to Tahoe to snowboard on a regular basis: recommendations for a relatively affordable used car to handle the snow/ice? [more inside]
posted by soda pop on Oct 8, 2007 - 14 answers

How can I stop my car from rusting?

My car's paint is wearing off. I don't care about the cosmetic impact, but I'm worried about rust. What can I do myself (or have done cheaply) that will prevent further damage? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Oct 7, 2007 - 12 answers

Does my car know something I don't?

Shouldn't my car run without an air filter? [more inside]
posted by knave on Oct 6, 2007 - 12 answers

When my taillights are on, my brake lights don't work. How to fix?

While my taillights are off, my brake lights work just fine. When they are on, my left one goes out. How can I fix this? I'm driving a mid 80's Volvo. My car uses the same bulb for taillight and brake-light. Basically, while my taillights are supposed to be on, and I step on the brakes, that entire bulb turns off (on the left side). [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Oct 6, 2007 - 7 answers

What is wrong with the MIGHTY MERCURY?

What is going on with my 1998 Mercury Sable? [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on Oct 5, 2007 - 8 answers

Where can I find a Car Stereo Installation Guide for a 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage?

Where can I find a Car Stereo Installation Guide for a 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Oct 5, 2007 - 8 answers

Damned dirty rat!

Help! Mice are eating my car and, subsequently, my bank account. [more inside]
posted by wg on Oct 2, 2007 - 17 answers

Car warranty rights?

Car warranty rights? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Sep 30, 2007 - 7 answers

Idiot light

The e-brake idiot light on my winter rat stays on when the brake is disengaged. [more inside]
posted by Mblue on Sep 29, 2007 - 7 answers

working on a car - on a gravel driveway

I want to do minor maintenance on my cars (oil changes, brake checks, and so on), but I don't have a garage to do it in or a concrete driveway. All I have is a gravel / dirt driveway to work on. I would like to jack up my cars (and put them on jack stands), but I'm not comfortable at all doing it on this kind of surface. How can I do this without putting myself in harms way? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Sep 24, 2007 - 9 answers

Is there a short course to learn for fix my old BMW?

Are there any schools that have something like a week-long auto repair course? Preferably BMW-focused, and preferably in the DC Metro area, but even without those two, would still be useful. [more inside]
posted by mboszko on Sep 24, 2007 - 10 answers

The dealer won't deal!

All the Toyota dealers in my region (Quebec/Canada) have a no haggling policy. The salesman just gives you the price from their webside and that's it. Anyone managed to get them to lower their price? Are they more flexible by the end of the month?
posted by racingjs on Sep 24, 2007 - 12 answers

Where to garage a car near Manhattan for a few months at least?

ManhattanParkingFilter: I am moving up to Manhattan and I need a garage to keep my car for at least a couple of months, while I decide what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by dcjd on Sep 24, 2007 - 10 answers

Am I getting ripped off paying for a car dent repair?

How much do a body shops typically charge for repairng small dents on cars? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Sep 21, 2007 - 11 answers

Gimme brakes

Teach me the best way to drive to save my brakes [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Sep 20, 2007 - 29 answers

How to avoid an insurance write-off?

How can I avoid an insurance company writing off my car? [more inside]
posted by beniamino on Sep 20, 2007 - 13 answers

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